Pachacuti Mural

There is a fairly new art shop in town called Tienda Galería Pachacuti Arte across from Central Park next to Banco Nacional that is operated by two artisans, a Tico friend who makes jewelry from local stones and a new artist from Peru who is principally a painter though does other art forms too. He named the shop after Pachacuti, leader of an Inca tribe thought to have built Machu Picchu in his honor in Peru. Their art shop is upstairs in this building and has a lot of beautiful work. Its a shame there are almost no tourists here now because of the pandemic. They asked me to present some of my photography for them to sell, but so far I am resisting any involvement in retail sales. 🙂

The mural of a black panther means that evidently this form of the cougar or puma (just black in color) evidently exists in Peru (not that I know of in Costa Rica, but possible). They are rarely seen in Florida of the U.S.

Another bit of ethnic color in central Atenas, Costa Rica. Pura vida!

See also my photo gallery: Atenas Public Art & Graffiti.

¡Pura Vida!

4 Replies to “Pachacuti Mural”

  1. We Live in Palmares buut are planning a trip to Atenas soon. We will definitely check out this new shop. I always complain there are not enough arts and crafts in CR.

    1. Margaret – Great! I hope you like it and I agree that there does not seem like enough art, but for Atenas the good reason is there are not enough people buying it. The Tico fellow has been doing beautiful jewelry for years using local stones and stays poor because not enough volume in sales. The Peruvian guy has some quite unique works. I hope he stays.

      When here, there is another art and gifts store on Ruta 3 east of town next to a lumber store called Souvenir Molas y Café, 300 metros este Monumento Al Boyero. It is run by a Tico artists with an American photographer. But go to Pachacuti first!

      And if you’ve heard of the famous Tico statue of the Virgen Mary that was on a hill east of town, it is now in front of the central church, the other side of Central Park from Tienda Pachacuti .

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